Peewee Russell

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Birthday
27, 1906
Birthplace
Maplewood, MO
Death Date
Feb 15, 1969 (62)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
27, 1906
Birthplace
Maplewood, MO
Death Date
Feb 15, 1969 (62)

About

Clarinet and saxophone player who played a wide variety of genres, including swing and jazz. He was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1987.

Before Fame

His first instrument was violin, but he did not stay interested in it. He saw Alcide "Yellow" Nunez play when he was young and was inspired to play jazz clarinet.

Trivia

He performed with many bandleaders and started a residence at "Nick's" in Greenwich Village.

Family Life

His wife Mary encouraged him to pursue visual abstract art.

Associated With

He performed with Thelonious Monk in 1963 at the Newport Festival.